OverviewMeadow Peak is located in NW Montana's Salish Mountains. Un-like many other summits in this mountain range, the summit of Meadow Peak is rocky and tree-less, thus, it owns commanding views in every direction, very suitable for a lookout.
From this vantage point, on a clear day, you can see many of NW Montana's multiple mountain ranges. Immediately surrounding the peak, of course, more of the Salish Mountains, further to the east, the Swans, to the SE, the Missions, to the NE, the Whitefish Range, and the high peaks of Glacier National Park. Lastly, but certainly not least, to the west, the beautiful Cabinets.
Meadow Peak's lookout is listed on the National Historic Lookout Register.
In any event, the road issue adds a little over 3 miles of one-way hiking to your trip and 537' in elevation.
All in all, this route is just a long hike up a steep and rocky FS Road. If the road were repaired you could actually drive all the way to the top. There are also many other pull-outs farther up the road past the one we were going to use so that it is possible to make the hike as long or as short as you want (once the road is repaired). Having said that, the road itself is extremely rocky with lots of loose rock on the lower, steeper sections (you should be careful) and larger, flatter rocks on the upper, more level section.
DUE TO THE ADDITIONAL MILEAGE AND ELEVATION GAIN CAUSED BY THE ROAD WASHOUT, THIS IS A VERY STRENUOUS HIKE!
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Camping and RedTapeMeadow Peak is located in the Kootenai National Forest which is bear country. Don't hike alone, make noise as you hike, and carry bear spray and know how to use it. The Salish Mountains are chock full of healthy-sized black bears and the occasional grizzly.
A map of the Kootenai National Forest is also very helpful in negotiating the many FS Roads in the Salish Mountains. Bug repellent is an absolute necessity in Montana in June and July. Water is available on this hike from Lang Creek...use a filter if you obtain water here.
The closest official campground is at McGregor Lake.